Wam­pus Cats roll

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Cary McClain rushed for three touch­downs and se­nior cor­ner­back Randy Thomas in­ter­cepted two passes in the first quar­ter as Con­way beat Rogers 49-7 in the Class 7A state play­offs.

PINE BLUFF 21, EL DO­RADO 15

EL DO­RADO — El Do­rado’s se­nior play­mak­ers were on the side­line Fri­day night with in­juries. Pine Bluff se­nior Berkar­ion Black was on the field mak­ing plays.

Black’s 19-yard touch­down re­cep­tion with 1:53 left to play gave the Ze­bras a 2115 vic­tory in the first round of the Class 6A play­offs at Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. Black’s in­ter­cep­tion on El Do­rado’s en­su­ing pos­ses­sion helped pre­serve the Pine Bluff vic­tory.

“Hats off to Pine Bluff. They had a drive they had to have to win the game, and they did it,” El Do­rado Coach Scott Reed said. “They made the plays that you have to make.”

The Wild­cats (5-6) played three quar­ter­backs — se­nior Wanya Fra­zier, who was a re­ceiver two weeks ago; sopho­more Eli Shep­herd; and fresh­man Shar­mon Rester, who just moved up from the ninth-grade team. El Do­rado was also with­out its top three re­ceivers.

The in­ex­pe­ri­ence was glar­ing in the first half, which saw the Wild­cats go with­out a first down and fin­ish with neg­a­tive-34 yards of of­fense.

The Wild­cats trailed just 7-0 at half­time thanks to a strong ef­fort from the de­fense and the punt­ing of se­nior Derek Jobe.

The Wild­cats picked up their ini­tial first down on Fra­zier’s 36-yard pass to Trey Nor­man on the first play of the third quar­ter. Two plays later, Keonte Larry had the ball pop loose. Pine Bluff’s Colby Davis scooped it up and re­turned it 70 yards for the touch­down and a 13-0 lead with 10:58 left in the third quar­ter.

Jobe, who had a 61-yard punt downed at the Pine Bluff 9 in the first half, boomed a 59-yard punt to the Ze­bras’ 1. On the next play, the Wild­cats made a tackle in the end zone for a safety, cut­ting the lead to 13-2 with 5:50 left in the third.

“His punt­ing tonight was in­cred­i­ble,” Reed said of Jobe. “It was awe­some. He had a great night.”

Af­ter the en­su­ing kick­off, El Do­rado took over at the Pine Bluff 40. Larry broke loose for a 31-yard gain to the 9. Sopho­more Jarmel Love en­tered the game, took the di­rect snap and ran for 1 and 7 yards be­fore scor­ing on a 1-yard run. Grey­sen Hub­bard kicked the ex­tra point with 4:05 left in the third to cut the deficit to 13-9.

The Wild­cats con­tin­ued to strug­gle on of­fense, but Jobe’s 50-yard punt was downed at the Pine Bluff 13. On third and 7, Quentin Fra­zier sacked Shau­won How­ell to force a fum­ble, which was re­cov­ered by Wanya Archie at the 5.

Love scored from 5 yards out for a 15-13 ad­van­tage with 3:43 left in the game.

The Ze­bras (5-5-1) took over at the 19 with 3:31 left on the clock. They put to­gether a 12-play drive, con­vert­ing a pair of fourth downs be­fore Black’s game-win­ning catch.

JONES­BORO 47, LAKE HAMIL­TON 44

JONES­BORO — The Hur­ri­cane over­come an early 10-point deficit as quar­ter­back Cross Jumper ac­counted for four touch­downs, and Jones­boro (7-4) held on to beat Lake Hamil­ton (5-6).

Jones­boro fell be­hind 10-0 af­ter fum­bling a ball out of the end zone for a safety and yield­ing a 100-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn and two-point con­ver­sion to Lake Hamil­ton in the game’s open­ing min­utes.

Jumper (14-21 pass­ing, 207 yards, 3 TDs; 21-110 rush­ing, 1 TD) threw 3 touch­down passes to Tate Lutes (6-98 re­ceiv­ing) and Jumper scored on a 21yard run as the Hur­ri­cane charged to a 47-36 lead with three min­utes to play.

Lake Hamil­ton scored and con­verted a two-point con­ver­sion to make it 47-44, re­cov­ered an on­side-kick at­tempt and had a chance to tie or win the game be­fore Lo­gan Orr’s in­ter­cep­tion se­cured the vic­tory for Jones­boro.

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